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d+a is a Singapore-based bi-monthly magazine featuring works of exceptional architecture and interior design by outstanding design talents worldwide. In each issue are core sections on contemporary houses, residential interiors with a focus on spatial design, and commercial buildings and spaces such as hotels, boutiques, restaurants and offices. You can also find compelling reads on the urban environment, art, culture and heritage, supplemented by design news and highlights, interviews and useful information on new products
This issue kicks off with a feature on architecture for the silver generation. Earlier in 2018, Colliers International released a report on Asia’s ageing crisis and the increasing need for senior housing. This sparked the story idea that analyses how design can play a part in mitigating this challenge. On the projects front, two five-star hotels in Shanghai, China have opened recently. Both Bulgari Hotel Shanghai and The Middle House (page 52) have strong ties to Italy, but attempt to introduce, in their own ways, that highly important sense of place. Look out for Seascape Lembongan a villa on Nusa Lembongan in Indonesia that takes its cue from the Mediterranean aesthetic. Also taking inspiration from Europe is Merci Marcel, a restaurant that hopes to bring a slice of France to Singapore, yet offers a strong connection to its locality. Don’t miss either the retrospective coverage of Design Affair, d+a’s very first event, which we are happy to share was very well-received. We look forward to your continued support. Finally, since this issue straddles 2018 and 2019, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.